Statutes of NOGWHISTO as agreed at the founding meeting in Dresden,
July, 2, 2008
Article 1: Mission
The Network of Global and World History Organizations (NOGWHISTO) combines organizations of scholars, organized by region and discipline, devoted to the study of historical processes at various scales. Qualified member organizations may include organizations of historians focusing on world, global, international, transnational, universal, comparative or big history (along with their equivalents in various languages), as well as disciplinary organizations in humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences which have systematic interest in historical analysis. The purpose of NOGWHISTO is to facilitate world-wide discussion among analysts of the past of humanity and to develop critical perspectives towards all kinds of ‘centrism’.
NOGWHISTO encourages and facilitates communication between organizations and individuals especially by organizing once a year a NOGWHISTO Debate Period.
It promotes world and global history and all other forms of dealing with shared and entangled histories at various scales.
It supports pluralism of perspectives among world and global historians and invites exponents of missing perspectives to join NOGWHISTO by forming member organizations
Article 2: Affiliation with CISH
NOGWHISTO is intended to be an affiliate of the International Congress of Historical Sciences (CISH). NOGWHISTO will apply for and maintain its affiliation with CISH, participate in its congresses, and maintain structures and governance that qualify it for affiliate status with CISH.
Article 3: Membership
NOGWHISTO is a network of organizations and therefore membership of individual scholars is possible only via membership in one of the member organizations. The minimum required to qualify as an organization is a) to have a legal status under the rules of the country where the organization is legally based; b) to have statutes and c) to have at least seven individual and/or institutional members. Member organizations should identify themselves as regional or thematic organizations of historians or as organizations of disciplines other than history devoted to study of processes of interaction at larger scales in the past. Member organizations have to accept the general policy of NOGWHISTO that no individual fitting into the criteria of Article 1 can by excluded from membership with regard to its national origin.
The General Assembly of NOGWHISTO may admit additional criteria for membership. Applicant organizations should submit a formal request for affiliation, statutes of the organization, and one year’s due payment to the treasurer of NOGWHISTO.
Article 4: Organizational Committees
In order to promote the establishment of member organizations especially in regions where no member organization yet exists, NOGWHISTO accepts organizing committees of at least five scholars as defined in article 1. Such an organizing committee should be devoted to the organization of permanent communication among its members and should be open to applicants for membership. It can become a member of NOGWHISTO for a maximum of five years before transforming into a Member Organization. If circumstances have not been favorable to the creation of a full member organization a reapplication with the status of an organizing committee is possible for another five years. All applications or re-applications by organizing committees must take the form of a letter of interest to the steering committee signed by all its members and explaining its intended activities.
Article 5: Governance
Each member organization selects five delegates to the General Assembly for a five-year term. Organizational Committees select two delegates. Alternates may replace Assembly representatives at individual meetings as needed, and they may fill the unexpired terms of members unable to complete their term.
The General Assembly elects a president – elected from among members of the Assembly for a five-year term, to preside over the organization. The election of one or more Vice-Presidents is possible if necessary.
A Treasurer will be elected from among members of the Assembly for a five-year term, to oversee the revenues and expenditures of the organization.
A Steering Committee (Bureau) composed of 2 members from each member organization and one from each organizing committee will be elected among the members of the General Assembly and will support the president in running NOGWHISTO.
Invitations to a General Assembly and to meetings of the Steering Committee have to be sent out at least 1 month before the meeting will be held.
In a case of emergency, a General Assembly can be called by the president or the treasurer, by the majority of the Steering committee or by one third of the member organizations.
Member organizations can be excluded from NOGWHISTO when they fail to pay their membership fees for three subsequent years or when they strongly act against the aims of the network. In such a case the Steering committee can decide by simple majority of its members. The member organization concerned has the right to complain to the General Assembly which will decide definitively by simple majority.
Article 6: Secretariat/ Headquarters
The Secretariat/headquarter will conduct the administrative activities of NOGWHISTO, including organizing meetings of the General Assembly, communications, and conference programs, under the direction of the President and the Steering Committee. The Secretariat is to be housed in an institution selected by the General Assembly for a term of five years, renewable.
Article 7: Conferences
NOGWHISTO will organize the conference that will meet according to the rhythm of CISH congresses. It will organize mutual participation of scholars from member organizations at their respective conferences. Other conferences organized by NOGWHISTO can happen at a time and place selected by the Steering Committee.
Article 8 Change of statutes and dissolution of NOGWHISTO
These statutes can be changed by a two-thirds majority of delegates to the General Assembly. If less than two-thirds of the delegates are present at the General Assembly, the Steering Committee can decide on an electronic vote for a change of statutes. A two-thirds majority of all the delegates is needed for such an electronic vote. Such an electronic vote must take place within six months. In such a case a simple majority of votes is sufficient for a decision.
The dissolution of NOGWHISTO can be decided by a two-thirds majority of delegates to the General Assembly. If less than two-thirds of the delegates are present at the General Assembly, the Steering Committee can decide on an electronic vote for dissolution. Such an electronic vote must take place within six months. In such a case a simple majority of voters is sufficient for a decision.